CRC RIDE 26/03/16 – FORCE 10 FROM WITHERNSEA
On the Easter Bank Holiday weekend the Cottingham Road Club (CRC) ride was going to be a relatively long route in the flatlands to the east of Hull.
A 60 mile loop from Wawne to Withernsea and back and not a hill in sight. Fantastic.
The only time the road was going to kick up was possibly over a sleeping policeman or the odd bridge or flyover. Bliss.
Maybe on this ride there would be no battling against the forces of nature?
Maybe on this ride there would be no need to push yourself to the limit and beyond?
Maybe on this ride there would be no gobsmackingly huge challenge to overcome?
Maybe on this ride I wouldn’t get dropped
Continue reading Wind, Wheel Sucking and Withernsea
CRC RIDE – THE LOCAL HILLS …..ALL OF THEM – 20/03/16
I am beginning to think that within Cottingham Road Club (CRC) we have a secret society, a Fifth Column or maybe it is even a religious cult.
The members of this cult have unhealthy appetites and try to corrupt others to partake in their perverted pastimes.
You can spot them if you know what to look for.
They have crazy, wild looking eyes, greet each other with a funny handshake, draw each other close and whisper their evil motto ……..
” I Love Hills !! ”
Yes I am of course talking about the unholy abomination that are……. The Hill Lovers. Dah ! Dah ! Dah !
Continue reading Hill Lovers, Spartacus And A Kid On a Scooter
CTC SPRING STANDARD RIDE 06-03-16
When I arrived at the Methodist Church Hall in Cottingham for the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) Spring Standard Ride I was still unsure which ride I was going to do.
Would it be the 50 or would it be the 70 ?
I had done the 50 miler last year. A gloriously flat ride but we had taken a beating in some exposed sections from a seriously gusting wind.
The 70 miler, on the other hand, was going to be a hilly challenge.
Unconfined joy, more hills !
Continue reading The Spartans , A Mini Contador and The CTC Spring Standard Ride
CRC RIDE TO WORSENDALE, GIVENDALE & NUNBURNHOLME – 27/02/2016
The CRC ride on Saturday the 27th of February was going to be a hard one.
An expedition deep into the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds to tackle some serious hills.
Are there any other kinds ?
The stars of this hill fest would be Worsendale Road rising up from the village of Bishop Wilton followed by the nearby Givendale Lane and to finish would be the old favourite of Nunburnholme Hill.
A lumpy extravaganza of just under 60 miles for the return journey from Cottingham.
Continue reading Hills, Meditation And My Pain Brother
COTTINGHAM ROAD CLUB RIDE TO HOWDEN – 21/02/2016
The CRC club ride on Sunday 21st February was going to be a largely flat 54 mile ride from Cottingham to Howden in the East Riding and back.
Largely flat apart from 2 hills topping and tailing the ride. At the top of the ride would be the well worn climb out of Cottingham, through Skidby and Little Weighton and finishing off at the top of The Clump descent into South Cave.
At the tail of the ride would be Brantingham Dale rising up from the village of the same name.
Just under 2 miles in total Brantingham Dale is made up of a steady climb through picturesque woods before a final stinger section that ramps up the gradient to around 10 % over 300 metres.
Beware those who are tempted to go too fast on the lower slopes as they will reap the whirlwind on the stinger.
Continue reading The Invisible Hill, Michael Jackson And A Plug Hole